On Sunday, the Gold Country Stampede lost a very close game to their division rivals, the Chico Rebels. Fortunately for the Stampede, they didn’t have to wait long to put that loss in the rear view mirror.
Tuesday night they faced another very strong squad at Nevada Union’s Hooper stadium in the form of the Woodcreek Timberwolves. But with skies threatening rain all evening, the Stampede were not going to be denied again. Gold Country snagged an early lead over Woodcreek, fell behind but rallies to win, 15-13.
In the first quarter, the Stampede scored seven goals with ease and the Timberwolves looked completely overmatched.
In the second quarter, the Stampede played a man-down for eight total minutes due to penalties, and the Timberwolves scored seven straight unanswered goals.
At the half, the Stampede trailed by two, 9-7.
In the third quarter, Gold Country took back the momentum, just as they had Sunday in the 4th quarter of the Chico game. Senior attackman Luke Agnes scored three goals in the third and junior midfielder Cory Clausen and senior attackman J.T. Mortara added one each.
Going into the fourth quarter, with a slim lead, Agnes tried to put the game out of reach singlehandedly with three unassisted goals. But in the last two minutes of the game, the Timberwolves had the advantage with the Stampede down two players due to penalties.
With only four remaining defenders on the field and a goalie, the Stampede denied the Timberwolves five straight times. As the final seconds ticked away and the rain began to pour down, the Timberwolves finally scored, but it was far too little, and far too late. The Stampede players swarmed junior keeper Nickolai Breiter, who had nine saves in the second half.
From the first whistle, junior midfielder Ryan Owen dominated every time he faced off. Senior attackman Agnes was a scoring machine, with 10 total goals in the game. Standing in the downpour following the game, Gold Country Stampede coach Chuck Hemmert praised the team for controlling the ball and handed game balls to Owen and Agnes. Going into spring break, the Stampede have a record of 3-1 in their division and 5-3 overall.
Chico 11, Gold Country 9
The Gold Country Stampede Varsity squad met the Chico Rebels Saturday at Nevada Union’s Hooper Stadium in a match between the two undefeated teams in the NCJLA North Division.
After losing two straight games at the Redding Jamboree earlier in the season, Hemmert could have been satisfied merely to be playing for the top spot. But after scoring 12 points or more in three straight against division opponents, Stampede players have raised their expectations. Against Chico Saturday, they proved they could play with best.
The Stampede expected to be tested early and they were throughout the first half. Although the Rebels had only 12 players due to spring break absences, they showed why they are undefeated in the division as they outscored the Stampede 4-1.
Chico controlled the majority of the first half faceoffs and by halftime, led 7-3. Two of the first half Stampede points resulted from strong teamwork with midfielder Owen scoring two goals off assists from Agnes.
In the third quarter Chico kept the pressure on Gold County, outscoring the Stampede 3-2. But in the fourth quarter, the Stampede physically took the momentum and control of the game.
Agnes led the offensive charge with two unassisted goals and one assist, as freshman midfielder Peter McDowell took a pass from Agnes and scored. Mortara also scored a fourth quarter goal off an assist from McDowell.
In the final two minutes, play was fast and furious, with three players in the penalty box at one point. Goalkeeper Breiter had a strong finish with six saves in the fourth alone and held the Rebels to one goal in the final period. In the end, the Stampede’s comeback fell short.
If the Stampede is to advance to the playoffs, they will have to go through Chico later this season. Hemmert let the team know that the outcome should not sit easy.
“Did you hear them cheer on our field?” he said. “Remember that when we play them in two weeks.”
U-15: Davis 22,
Gold Country 4
The Gold Country Stampede’s under-15 lacrosse team fell to the top ranked Davis Knights at Hooper Stadium Saturday.
The Stampede (1-6) were no match for Davis (6-1). The Stampede were hindered by injuries to three starting players; defensemen Ryan MacDonald, Kagen Henslee, and attackman Evan Olson. Midfielder Drew Heaps controlled the opening face-off and scored the first of his two goals in the opening 22 seconds of the game.
Midfielder Seren Boran scored his first goal of the season, with an assist by Simon Nielson, also in the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 9 to 3 in Davis’ favor. The Stampede could manage only one more score in the game - a goal by Nielson in the second quarter.
At the end of the first half, the score was 13 to 4. The Knights scored nine unanswered goals in the second half.
At the end of the game, the players and parents gathered to show their appreciation for coach Andy Shoop. The coach will be leaving the country for his job with the United States Air Force. He will leave in the team in good hands as Cody Van Fossen will take over as head coach. Van Fossen played lacrosse for the Stampede for four years and will be entering Boise State next year.
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